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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - October 2009
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Harvest Festival October 16-18 at Heritage Village
Tyler County Booster - October 2009

The weather was good and the crowd was great for the “Ghosts and Legends of Texas Past” program that was held recently at Heritage Village. It was necessary to locate additional chairs to accommodate the people who came out to hear our great storytellers. Among the listeners was a den of Cub Scouts from Vidor. Kudos to Shelby Smith for producing such an outstanding
program and thanks to our storytellers, Mel Davenport , John Stagg, Georgia Adineh, and Tsagoi Jennings for keeping our visitors enthralled. Thanks, also, to C.D. Woodrome for working with our sound system.

We are getting ready for the annual Harvest Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th at Heritage Village. Friday, the 16th, is set aside as children’s day. So far we have reservations from over 200 students from several districts that will come to the Village for a special day of demonstrations of the skills that were necessary for our early pioneers in this area.
Thanks to Leslie Smith for working on the upper parking lot so that it will be really ready for you to park and then ride the wagon express to the lower level of the Village. Our shuttle will save you a lot of walking and hill climbing and will be running continuously during the hours of operation.
Gates will be open from 9 until 5 each of the three days of the Festival. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Children under the age of 6 are admitted at no charge.

Bring the children out for a new activity – pumpkin painting. This booth will be manned by Anabeth and June Willis. Children will select a pumpkin and paint it with markers. The pumpkins will be judged in age categories after the festival. The decorated pumpkins will be placed in the display room at Heritage Village for several weeks so that everyone can view the artwork. After that, children may take their pumpkins home to become part of their family’s holiday decorations. Your children will love this event, don’t let them miss it!

Some of the entertainment that is being lined up for your listening pleasure includes the Red Head Express, the Lamar University dance group, cloggers from Nacogdoches, Russian
Folk dancers from Houston, and the Balalaika orchestra. Other groups and individuals are still being finalized.

In addition to the Pickett House restaurant which will be open for your dining pleasure, we will have some great food vendors. Different vendors will be serving Cajun, Mexican, BBQ, fajita wraps, and tamales. They will also have assorted beverages. I don’t have any specifics on craft and handiwork vendors yet but I am sure there will be some. I’ll let you know when I do.

We are still in need of materials that we can use in decorating
the Village for the Festival. If you have gourds, corn stalks, hay, etc. please call the Village at 283-2272. Thanks for your help. Welcome back, Tolly and Connie Lovelace, from your work in the Houston area for your church. You have been missed. We are glad you have returned in time to help with the Festival!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Oct. 16-18 so you will remember to attend Harvest Festival and bring your relatives and friends. This is our biggest fund raiser for the year and proceeds go to help us continue with our mission of preserving the past for the future generations.

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